Chances are, you’ve seen your facebook friends post captioned comics featuring characters that looked surprisingly similar to them. These addicting little cartoons are brought to you by Bitstrip, which allows you to pick characters, scenes, props, and captions and customize them to your easily-delighted heart’s content. No, really, that’s all it is. And people freaking love it. Hell, I love it. I spent an hour just figuring out how to layer objects and creating my persona, which is reminiscent of Nintendo Wii’s create-your-own-Mii craze. It’s addictively specific–everything from face shape and pupil size to eyebrow arch and body type is customizable.
Once you’ve got your character set up, you can go back and change details (including clothing or accessories) anytime you want. The gold, though, is in picking from their vast variety of scenes and situations and hand-tailoring it to fit your life. It’s like Neopets or Webkinz (shoutout to all my fellow virtual pet owners of the early 2000’s)…but for grownups. YES PLEASE.
It’s also a great moneymaker, too. Yesterday it had its first round of fundraising, garnering $3 million from Asia’s wealthiest man. Not bad, Bitstrip. Not bad. It’s also seen 30 million avatars made in these past two months alone! Needless to say, they’re blooming. And I’m all too happy to hop on the bandwagon because it’s freaking fun.
So if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be squandering my lunch break creating a pointlessly hilarious and oddly specific comic, tyvm.